Matthew 10:9-10 gives us information on what was expected of the Twelve Apostles when they were sent out by Christ to minister. Christ put restrictions on them in verses 9 and 10 regarding personal possessions.
Those restrictions were there for the purpose of allowing the Lord to bless them and their ministries. Many times we don't see this in life. God puts restrictions on us to prove who He is and what He can do.
When we hold onto possessions and treat them as our security in life, God has a hard time proving Himself to us. It seems that we put our trust in things instead of Him. When we trust material possessions more than we trust God then the blessings of the Lord will be limited.
Why is that? It's because we don't give God the opportunity to prove Himself with His blessings. Instead we are trying to make things happen with our possessions. This was one of the lessons the Apostles had to learn about ministry and we need to learn today.
It's not about what we possess that makes our ministries work properly. It's about who God is. Putting our trust in people, places and things creates more focus on how we can control our lives instead of allowing God the control.
We often forget that the blessings of the Lord last a lot longer than personal possessions. The Apostles had to make a choice concerning these restrictions. Were they going to obey the Lord and not take anything with them or were they going to ignore Christ and the restrictions.
They had to ask themselves if they wanted the blessings more than they wanted the possessions. Each of us everyday have to ask the same question: "Which is more important, the blessings or the possessions." Where is my security in life? Is my security in the Lord or in what I have?
Choose the Lord!!